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Bertelsmann AG Chooses Sun as Corporate IT Platform for Online Services

Bertelsmann AG in Guetersloh, Germany said it named Sun Microsystems' Solaris SPARC Platform Edition operating environment as a standard corporate platform for UNIX servers and as the preferred platform for Web servers.

According to Bertelsmann, the infrastructure for its strategic online activities will be built using the Solaris SPARC Platform Edition operating environment, which was chosen for its price/performance, robustness, security and interoperability.

Bertelsmann has already ordered more than 100 Sun systems for its new media activities like Telemedia, mediaWays and Pixelpark and other e-commerce activities. These servers span the range of Sun systems, from workgroup servers to the high-end, datacenter class Sun Enterprise 10000 server.

Financial figures were not disclosed.

Michael Behrens, CIO of Bertelsmann, said, "In the very large arena of multimedia and communications, and with the pervasive acceptance of the Internet, the Bertelsmann group and Sun Microsystems intend to join forces in promoting best in class solutions to address these worldwide, fast-growing market opportunities."

>From its Java technology to its scalable servers, Sun's solutions are designed to enable new revenue streams such as electronic commerce and new media services, in addition to traditional back office functions like customer management and billing.



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